Careful in Treating Yourself

Currently, various types of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can easily be bought everywhere from street stalls to the pharmacy. The drugs are usually for light diseases, kind of cough, colds, diarrhea, and headache.

Unfortunately, it often makes us easily self-medicate as the symptoms appear. Without realizing it, these actions can be life-threatening.

As an example case, a person died after taking cold medicine because he didn't know that his heart wasn't resistant to one consumed drug content, or wasn't saved his life after downing the drug with the drink containing the substance which turned out to be bad when bound.

The immediate effect isn't the only bad influence of OTC drugs. It also has medium and long-term effects when not used correctly.

However, self-medication isn't prohibited. It'd be done with caution, but someone who has impaired liver and kidney function shouldn't just take medication because the two organs are always visited first by each drug before attacking the disease.

If you continue to take, fearfully, adverse effect is on both the vital organs.

Determining the condition of the two organs certainly requires medical or clinical laboratory examination. When knowing that the function disorders exist on one or both of them, you need to be careful in taking OTC drugs.

Similarly are those who'd suffered from a disease that attacked the vital organs.

In addition to the liver and kidneys, theoretically, all parts of the body will get a result when you take medication arbitrarily without the drugs' instruction and restriction grounding. The drug can cause blood disorders.

In the long term, it could be an anemia or the damage to other cells in the blood.

Certain medications even like to accumulate in a particular organ. Tetracycline is for example. When used in the long term in children, tetracycline will settle in the teeth so that they permanently become yellow.

Even more appalling, certain drugs are carcinogenic. In the long run, it'll cause cancer in certain organs.

Therefore, in self-medicating using OTC drugs, you'd consider information or warnings contained in the packaging. Obey the instructions. Where there're no instructions in the pack, ask your pharmacist. If there's an information in the packaging indicating the drug not good for you, it'd not be used.

If there's no improvement after deciding to self-medicate with OTC drugs, immediately see a doctor. Remember, you can take OTC drugs only for short term.

Better yet, you don't rush taking the OTC drug when disease symptoms appear. Symptoms of headache, for example, can't always be cured by OTC drugs. Therefore, not necessarily, the symptoms have to be overcome with medication.

If the drug remains consumed, the burden of liver and kidneys, or other organs that become the drug's transit, will grow.

There's also a good idea if you have a record of personal health history. For example, you've suffered from liver or renal disease, had an allergic to certain drugs, and so on. The note can be inserted in a wallet for example.

With the record, the doctor can take appropriate action to you when getting an accident and fainting.

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